East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:46:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Warning regarding New Leisure Centre Vanity Project Costs ! - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45905-warning-regarding-new-leisure-centre-vanity-project-costs-#45905 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45905-warning-regarding-new-leisure-centre-vanity-project-costs-#45905

Councillor Merrick – Culture and Leisure Trust

Councillor Merrick began by recommending to the Council the latest Business Plan for the East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust which was the subject of a separate report later in the meeting.

He advised that as part of the business planning this year the Board had attended a Strategy Away Day on 23 October which involved a visit to The Peak, an indoor complex at the heart of the Stirling Sports Village and to the National Swimming Academy’s 50 metre pool at the University of Stirling’s Sports Centre.

Commenting that The Peak was the biggest single development for sport and leisure in Stirling for over 30 years with an investment of £27.3 million and was funded by Stirling Council and sportscotland, he stated that the Board was interested in learning about the pioneering development that was shaped by Stirling Council’s ambition and vision for sport and recreation for the community, and by modern design and environmental practice.

Furthermore, the Board was also given an understanding how the National Swimming Academy’s 50 metre pool could support the demand for recreational public swimming, lessons, club activity and events.

Councillor Merrick provided further details about other activities undertaken by the Board as part of the away day.

He indicated that the Business Plan had been discussed at the meeting of the Board on 4 December highlighting that it was wholeheartedly endorsed by the Board.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:41:47 +0000
Subject: ERC claim they can identify where you live from your IP number? - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45902-erc-claim-they-can-identify-where-you-live-from-your-ip-number#45902 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45902-erc-claim-they-can-identify-where-you-live-from-your-ip-number#45902
The claim came to light during a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

The original FOI was in connection with the alleged survey concerning the relocation of the leisure centre.

The claim was made and as such they refused to provide any material claiming 'personal data' privilege.

The case was sent by the applicant to the FOI Scottish Commissioner on appeal.

ERC defense was that they had used the formula below to trace one of those submitted replies to a specific address.

The FOISA Commissioners case officer accepted this information (without obtaining independent expert opinion) and supported ERC and denied access to the information.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:23:33 +0000
Subject: Motorists pay the price as East Renfrewshire Council coins in cash from penalty notices - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45901-motorists-pay-the-price-as-east-renfrewshire-council-coins-in-cash-from-penalty-notices#45901 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45901-motorists-pay-the-price-as-east-renfrewshire-council-coins-in-cash-from-penalty-notices#45901 By Jack Haugh

ALMOST £200,000 was pocketed by East Renfrewshire Council from penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued to motorists last year, it has been revealed.

The local authority handed out a total of 4,897 fines to drivers who were deemed to have committed an offence, which could involve illegal parking, stopping in box junctions or ignoring ‘no-turn’ signs.

The exact income for 2018 stood at £185,893 – an increase of almost £20,000 from the figure of £167,688 in 2017, when the council issued 4,999 fines.

East Renfrewshire Council has said PCNs perform an important role in helping to keep people safe.

A spokesperson told the Barrhead News: “Parking enforcements are carried out to keep our roads safe and clear for road users and pedestrians, promote access to local businesses and prevent misuse of disabled parking bays.

“Income from fines help maintain and improve road markings and signage, however this is not the aim of any parking charges, which is why it is free for the public to park within East Renfrewshire Council-owned car parks.”

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request by Confused.com, which believes not all fines are issued fairly.

The company claims signs or road markings can often be incorrect or unclear and believes the income from PCNs should be invested accordingly to tackle this.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “It’s only right that some of this fine money is invested to help make road signs clearer to eliminate the number of fines being distributed unfairly.

“In the meantime, we’re helping people fight unfair fines and navigate through the chaotic appeal process.”

The company has issued an online ‘challenge checklist’ to help drivers navigate the appeal process.

Ms Stretton added: “Our challenge checklist should help motorists decide whether to appeal a fine.

“With the cost of motoring ever increasing, we shouldn’t be forking out even more money to pay for unfair fines.”

The challenge checklist can be accessed by visiting confused.com/car-insurance/fight-unfair-fines.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:20:18 +0000
Subject: Please support our Public Petition - by: Ernhw Ltd http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45894-please-support-our-public-petition#45894 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45894-please-support-our-public-petition#45894
Here’s the link to your petition webpage: www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01731]]>
Public Forum Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:51:06 +0000
Subject: The benefits of Audio Recording - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45893-the-benefits-of-audio-recording#45893 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45893-the-benefits-of-audio-recording#45893
They require to agree and Cllr Grant was heard to say "IF anyone is that interested".

Well Barbara there are plenty interested.

Because if it is not audio recorded the public will miss out on some of the things being said by our elected members and staff.

For example:-

When the Director of the Environment was asked a question and he answered, no one outside of the chamber could here what he was saying on the web cast as his mike was not working.

We got it..........

(Months now that microphone has not been working, what is the clerk, Eamonn Daly, going to do about it?)

Betty Cunningham took over the chair for the last item, as the Provost had an interest in that item.

She did not switch on her microphone and therefore her words were not picked up by the web cast.

Needless to say, if the comments are not picked up by the web cast they are not minuted.

We got it..........

At one point she asked if there were any other comments?

Cllr Swift said he had and we could hear Cllr Devlin, as usual without his microphone on moaning.

Public Forum Sat, 06 Jul 2019 13:24:25 +0000
Subject: ERC sneak through another extension to Webcasting contract !! - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45892-erc-sneak-through-another-extension-to-webcasting-contract-#45892 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45892-erc-sneak-through-another-extension-to-webcasting-contract-#45892

------ Original Message ------
From: "Grossart, Alison" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Wednesday, 26 Jun, 2019 At 11:37
Subject: Webcasting

Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry of 13 June 2019.  Please find the responses to your questions detailed below.
Would appreciate if you can update me on the current Webcasting contract -

Q When is it due for renewal?

++++ A.June 2020. ++++

Q Have any discussions/negotiations etc taken place regarding renewal/supplier?

Q Who is involved in any discussions/negotiations etc taking place regarding renewal/supplier?
A.Officers from Democratic Services, IT and Procurement who will agree the tender specification.

Q Who decides/agrees the scope of webcasting?
A.Councillors have already decided the scope of webcasting as per Council decision in December 2018.  The technical aspects will be decided by the officers.

Q Who decides/agrees the cost of webcasting?
A.Cost will be based on the specification set out in the tender. There will be a tender evaluation process where criteria will be set to allow tenderers to submit bids.

Yours sincerely,
Sharon Dick

------ Original Message ------
From: "Dick, Sharon" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Cc: "Grossart, Alison" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Tuesday, 2 Jul, 2019 At 15:13
Subject: FOI/19/172 - WEBCASTING

Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry of 28 June 2019. Please find the responses to your questions detailed below.

Q.The original contract was for 3 years?

Q The contract was extended in 2018? (can you say how much this cost)

Q How long was this extension for?
A.The extension was for 12 months.

Q When was the June 2020 extension agreed and how much did this cost?

+++ A.The extension was agreed on 4 June 2019 and cost £10,951. +++++

Yours sincerely,
Sharon Dick
Sharon Dick
Head of HR and Corporate Services
Department of Corporate and Community Services]]>
Public Forum Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:25:56 +0000
Subject: ERC U-turn over decision to relocate Leisure Centre - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45876-erc-u-turn-over-decision-to-relocate-leisure-centre#45876 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45876-erc-u-turn-over-decision-to-relocate-leisure-centre#45876
This ends two years or worry and concern for residents who feared it was going to be re located in Shawwood Greenspace, Newton Mearns and those that feared a loss to Eastwood.

Colm Merrick, convener of Leisure said there had never been a decision made, and that all that had happened was 'due diligence' to ensure the correct venue was chosen.

Leader of the council, Anthony Buchanan said "We took a holistic approach".

Do not let any of that spin fool you, in our opinion the decision had been taken behind closed doors and the U turn only came about by people power.

Those members of the public from throughout East Renfrewshire and beyond should be praised for their efforts.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 29 Jun 2019 13:02:16 +0000
Subject: Potential Story - Non Story - Potential Story - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45875-potential-story-non-story-potential-story?limit=6&start=6#45875 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45875-potential-story-non-story-potential-story?limit=6&start=6#45875
We explored a few questions with Cllr Stewart Miller regarding the Audit & Scrutiny Committee.

He responded and his answers led us to believe that we had a non story.

We did return with just one question to him and he has now refused to answer that one question.

Perhaps there is a story here after all????????]]>
Public Forum Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:34:40 +0000
Subject: Flag Raising - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45872-flag-raising#45872 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45872-flag-raising#45872 Public Forum Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:37:06 +0000 Subject: Eastwood leisure centre proposal to go before councillors - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45871-eastwood-leisure-centre-proposal-to-go-before-councillors#45871 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45871-eastwood-leisure-centre-proposal-to-go-before-councillors#45871
By John A. MacInnes

Published: 08:28 Monday 24 June 2019

Eastwood leisure centre proposal to go before councillors

Proposals to agree to build a new state-of-the-art Eastwood leisure centre and theatre in Eastwood Park will go before councillors on Wednesday (June 26).

East Renfrewshire Council will be asked to approve Eastwood Park as the preferred site for a new-build leisure centre and theatre at the meeting.

If approved, it would mean that neither Shawwood Park nor Broomburn Park would need to be considered as potential options and would remain as protected urban green space.

A six-week consultation held in May/June 2018 showed that 87 per cent of residents who responded supported new leisure facilities within the Eastwood area being created to meet the future needs of people in the area.

In October last year Councillors asked the Council’s Director of Environment to specifically explore how feasible it would be to build a new leisure centre and theatre in Eastwood Park.

The new proposal going before councillors next week outlines that whilst a significantly improved facility could be built within Eastwood Park, it would not be possible to include four additional pitches.

Whilst there would be challenges working around the site constraints, it is proposed that the new centre could still include a six-lane 50m swimming pool, additional teaching pool and flumes, spectator seating area, 140-station gym, spin studio, six-court sports hall, theatre space, health suite, café, multifunctional cultural space and an interactive play area.

The proposed new facility could potentially be built over two floors at a site adjacent to the current facility, allowing it to continue operating during the construction period and ensuring there would be no major disruption to leisure provision during this time.

As part of a wider masterplan for Eastwood Park, the vision is to develop improved outdoor space that can enjoyed by people working within the park and for those who visit and use it for recreational purposes.

East Renfrewshire Council’s Director of Environment Andrew Cahill said: “A considerable amount of detailed work has been carried out in relation to the possibility of a new-build leisure centre and theatre within Eastwood Park, keeping as far as possible to the original specification. This has been challenging and there will be some compromises but the proposal going before councillors still offers the potential to provide a modern, vastly improved leisure facility within the park, although it would not be possible to include any additional outdoor pitches. It is for councillors to decide if this proposal should be progressed.”

If councillors agree the recommendations being put forward, then a further report outlining the detailed options and costs will be brought back before them in due course.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:00:07 +0000
Subject: Can anyone help? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45863-can-anyone-help#45863 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45863-can-anyone-help#45863 Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:52:05 +0000 Subject: Consultation only for Barrhead Greenspaces ? - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45861-consultation-only-for-barrhead-greenspaces-#45861 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45861-consultation-only-for-barrhead-greenspaces-#45861
Kevin McRoberts
Published: 15:04 Wednesday 19 June 2019

East Renfrewshire Council is consulting on future developments at Cowan Park.

Have your say on the future of Barrhead’s Cowan Park

The local community is being invited to give their views on improvements to Barrhead’s Cowan Park.

East Renfrewshire Council is working in partnership with the community to plan future developments to further improve Cowan Park and has launched an online survey for local residents to have their say.

A steering group has been looking at future improvements.

A community engagement steering group was established earlier this year with representatives from local student groups, teachers, sports teams and community groups to ensure that the public is involved in every step of the process.

Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty, said: “Barrhead’s Cowan Park is a wonderful asset and has vast potential as a hub for the community and visitors, so it is hugely important that future plans for the park have the backing of local residents and stakeholders.

I would encourage everyone to complete our survey to ensure their voice is heard.”

The survey can be found here


This survey can be provided to you in other languages and in alternative formats such as large print or braille.

For further information, please contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:01:42 +0000
Subject: School? Faciliies available for public use - open all day and night for public use - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45858-school-faciliies-available-for-public-use-open-all-day-and-night-for-public-use#45858 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45858-school-faciliies-available-for-public-use-open-all-day-and-night-for-public-use#45858 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 17 Jun, 2019 At 16:40
Subject: School? Faciliies available for public use - open all day and night for public use


I refer to the below posts on the ERC facebook page.

You say Eastwood and Williamwood are not managed by the Council - They are managed by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust.

Can you say how the facilities( Barrhead, Woodfarm and Mearns Castle High Schools, and any others) apart from Eastwood and Williamwood are managed -

Who by, how and who pays the cost?

Can you say -

How East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust manage Eastwood and Williamwood?

Who pays for this management?


at what cost?


From ERC facebook page -

East Renfrewshire Council
11 June at 22:59 ·

Get your football fix in East Ren this summer

Our fantastic all weather pitches at Barrhead, Woodfarm and Mearns Castle High Schools, outwith existing bookings, will be open all day and night for public use The fun kicks off on Friday 14 June

Post - Great news. Will Eastwood not be included in this?

East Renfrewshire Council Hi Claire - unfortunately Eastwood won't be included at this stage as it isn't managed by the Council. Thanks.

East Renfrewshire Council It is managed by the East Ren Culture and Leisure Trust. Thanks.

Post - Will the running tracks be made available for free use as well?

East Renfrewshire Council - Yes they will be
East Renfrewshire Council - yes, the running tracks will be available to use as well. Thanks.

Post - East Renfrewshire Council excellent!

Post - Would be great if Williamwood was also open for public use. Instead of access being blocked off every school holiday.
East Renfrewshire Council Unfortunately this one isn't included because it isn't managed by the Council.

Reply from ERCLT -

ERCLT Business Support < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
20/06/2019 09:41

I refer to your enquiry of 17th June forwarded to me via ERC Customer Services.

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust is responsible for managing and administering out-of-hours usage of all East Renfrewshire Schools on behalf of the Council, as part of our agreement with the Council.

The costs of this are borne by the Trust. Details of the costs of booking schools can be found on our website.

However, the social media thread you refer to relates to outdoor sports facilities (pitches, running tracks) at schools.

Sports pitches in East Renfrewshire are managed by the Environment Department of the Council with the sole exception of Eastwood High School, where Eastwood High School Sports Centre, managed by the Leisure Trust out with school hours, includes the pitch and running track. (Throughout the summer this is the location of the Summer Holiday Programme during the day, and is used by hirers and groups during the evenings.)

I do not know why the correspondent suggests Williamwood is managed by the Leisure Trust as this is not the case.

I now regard this matter closed.

Iain Stewart
Support Services Manager
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:02:13 +0000
Subject: Full Council Meeting - Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 7:00pm - Council HQ - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45857-full-council-meeting-wednesday-26-june-2019-at-700pm-council-hq#45857 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45857-full-council-meeting-wednesday-26-june-2019-at-700pm-council-hq#45857
Can we expect Eastwood Park Leisure/Shawwood etc decision??]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:41:42 +0000